How to Carve a Mango (and not turn it into mush!)

Updated on May 30, 2016

First You Take a Mango...

Yes indeed, you will need a mango to perform this cunning culinary stunt, as well as a sharp paring knife. A filleting knife will work to - maybe better - but for our demo I'm using a simple IKEA paring knife. The mango should firm but not hard - with some give in the skin when you squeeze it. So you don't get arrested for squeezing every fruit in the market I recommend buying a supply of nearly ripe (hard) mangos and let them ripen in your fruit basket at home. If the mangos "go soft" don't fret. The preparation technique I espouse will work, but naturally, it will be messy. For color, I like using a fruit that is at least half red, though ripe green or yellow mangos are tasty as well. 

The First Cut

Take the mango and stand it up on your cutting board. Slice into the mango on the skinny part of the mango down to the seed, and slice from the top to bottom and around the circumference of the fruit in a continuous slice.

...Now Slice Into Thirds

Now cut three evenly spaced slices, again down to the seed from top to bottom on the "flat" side of the mango.

...Peel The Skin

Take your knife and use it to peel under the skin. Try to get it right up under the skin and not cut a lot of the fruit in the process - like peeling an apple or potatoes.

Continue peeling until two of the three thirds are skinned, leaving the last third with skin on until you've cubed the fruit.

...Cube the Fruit

Now cut one inch slices perpendicular to the lengthwise cuts made previously. After you've cubed the fruit, take your knife and cut under the cubes, slicing as close to seed as possible. Put the cubes in a bowl or dish.

After you've peeled and cubed the final third, you should have half a mango, cubed and cleaned right down to the seed, with very little fruit left on the seed, and the juice intact in the mango - and not all over the cutting board or counter top!

Let's Eat!

Put the mangos in a bowl or dish and enjoy the smiles!

Do You Have a Favorite Mango Recipe?

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      Peter Allison 5 years ago from Alameda, CA

      Thanks for reading vespawoolf!

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      This is a very useful hub. Mangoes happen to be one of my all-time favorite fruits and your suggestions are right on. Thank you!

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      I can appreciate this hub since I live on mangoes! Would you believe they now sell a mango splitter on Amazon? It works pretty well, but I always return to my trusty knife.

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      Donaisabella 5 years ago from Fort Myers

      I found this hub useful, entertaining and really funny. That is a technique I would like to use someday, I am too used to eating mangoes like a monkey. We just wash and start cutting through with the teeth, it is a lot of fun but as I grow older I realize it is a lot of work afterwards to remove the fiber that lodges between the teeth (yuck). Thank you!

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      Brandon E Newman 6 years ago from North Texas

      My kids always just ate them like an apple. I never really got the chance to peel one. Little monkeys they are.

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      Shasta Matova 6 years ago from USA

      I love mangoes, and don't really mind the effort to peel them, but this way does make it so much easier. Will have to try it your way.

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      gabgirl12 6 years ago

      I'm from the Island of Puerto Rico. And everyone makes a mess with mango's. This is something I have never considered, but I definitely will now. I'm sharing this on FB.

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      Peter Allison 6 years ago from Alameda, CA

      Hi Mya, I was just doing that this past weekend for Thanksgiving... I wish I could help you with that one as I love to grill them, but halving them is difficult. I just took about a half-inch off either end and scored it lengthwise. Then I took a big knife and cut it in half (which was tricky).

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      Mya 6 years ago

      Do you know how to cut open butternut squash as well? I find that really difficult.

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      Kim Golez 6 years ago from Philippines

      I also love mangos, I try to cut the mango lengthwise. Put soy sauce and then eat them. The sweetness amd texture of the mango goes with the soy sauce.

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      Peter Allison 6 years ago from Alameda, CA

      I tried it that way too galleryofgrace, but the carnage didn't seem appropriate for HubPages! Thanks for reading.

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      galleryofgrace 6 years ago from Virginia

      Fantastic! You mean you're not supposed to just peel 'em and eat 'em over the sink?

      Great article, thanks a bunch.

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      Rose Clearfield 6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      This is such a useful hub! Thanks for the clear directions and step by step photos. Congrats on getting Hub of the Day!

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      Cathy 6 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

      Excellent hub! Every time I cut a mango, it looks nothing as pretty as your pictures! I make mango chutney the hard way! Thumbs up on your hub. Very nice!

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      Sue B. 6 years ago

      This hub put a smile on my face! I've never cut a mango myself and actually found your hub informative. The clever way you plugged your other hubs about unrelated topics just made me giggle. Thanks!

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      frogyfish 6 years ago from Central United States of America

      Ah Peter, you have saved the day. I have always sliced the broad sides of the mango off and then had to chew off the rest of it. Now I am mango-educated! Your pix really helped demonstrate your method. Thanks bunches!

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      Melanie Shebel 6 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan

      Great hub! I LOVE mangoes, but they really are unfun to cut up. I initially tried to cut my mango avocado style and it didn't end up as mush, but it didn't turn out as nicely as your pieces.

      I have a hub on mango lassi and in it I describe a little bit of the pain involved in cutting up a mango. I will definitely make an edit to that piece and include your hub. You really take a lot of guesswork out of the process.

      Thank you!

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      Peter Allison 6 years ago from Alameda, CA

      Thanks for the feedback adt719... I think I'm going to adopt your method and resubmit the Hub. Peeling a mango and jumping in the ocean sounds better by far than peeling and eating in a bungalow kitchen!

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      adt719 6 years ago from Richardson TX

      The photos really make your method clear. And your humorous style hooked me from the beginning. I've never heard of anyone ever peeling a mango. I've avoided them since I returned from the South Pacific more than 30 years ago. I was told by nationals that there was only one way to eat a mango: out in the ocean with the juice dripping down the arm and dunking oneself completely after the fruit was gone. I haven't tried one since. Thanks for helping those of us who don't live in the land of fresh mangoes. I may give a mango a try now that you've provided an efficient way to break the flesh away from the pit and the skin.

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      Sonia Sood 6 years ago from Mumbai

      Interesting! Loved this one...

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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Helpful and interesting, thanks for sharing how to carve a mango! :)

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      Maren Elizabeth Morgan 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Amen to all the good things already said. Voted up!

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      SJmorningsun25 6 years ago

      Congrats on the Hub of the Day! Your photos are great, and your explanation is clear and concise. Voted up! Happy mango-eating!

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      Peter Allison 6 years ago from Alameda, CA

      Interesting loretta8 - you'll notice on my daughter's photo she has a small allergy patch under her right (screen left) eye. That's the extent of her issues with them though and she loves eating them as much as I do.

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      bluewaterbay 6 years ago

      Congrats on Hub of the Day! I've been guilty of not getting any mangoes because I don't want to hassle with them, but this method seems very easy. I'll definitely give it a try the next time I get some. Voted up and useful, thanks for sharing!

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      loretta8 6 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      I love mangos and will try peeling them that way. Looks easier than using a peeler. Since mango trees are in the poison family, people like myself who are allergic to poison ivy may suffer a nasty rash from the oils on the skin of the fruit. I found out the hard way the first time I handled them and my eyes actually swelled shut. Now I wash them in warm soapy water before peeling and wear gloves when handling them.

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      Liz Elias 6 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Congrats on Hub of the Day! Great job, here. Love the illustrations; made everything very clear. Will most certainly have to try this one!

      Voted up & bookmarked.

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      Peter Allison 6 years ago from Alameda, CA

      Thanks for the feedback everyone, and for the additional tips. No matter how you prepare them, the best part is in the eating!

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      arusho 6 years ago from University Place, Wa.

      Will this technique work for kiwis? Great hub!

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      Jill Spencer 6 years ago from United States

      No favorite mango recipes. I just like 'em on their own. Thanks for the tutorial! And congrats on HOTD.

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      Carrie Smith 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      This is such a great idea! Congratulations on being the hub of the day.

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      NiaG 6 years ago from Louisville, KY

      I love mangoes! I think for some they are an acquired taste. I normally just carve it up and take my chances but I feel like I miss a lot of the fruit that way. I'll have to try this. Thanks!

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      Stephanie Bradberry 6 years ago from New Jersey

      This is a method I have not seen before. I used to not like cutting mangoes until I saw the scoring method on television, where you don't even have to worry about peeling the skin off.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Have to admit that I'm in Simone's boat. This is helpful, though. Nice Hub of the Day--congrats!

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      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      It is tricky getting that pesky mango off the seed. Maybe more people will eat them with your simple instructions. Voted up and useful.

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      Thelma Alberts 6 years ago from Germany

      Congratulation for the hub of the day. Nice tip on how to carve your mango. I also love mango but I carve it in another way, a bit similar to yours. Thanks for sharing.

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      Dorothee-Gy 6 years ago from near Frankfurt/M., Germany

      I just wanted to contribute our method, since we're eating a lot of mangos, and normally here in Germany we don't get the very ripe one's. We're peeling the fruit first completely, exactly like an apple or a potatoe and then we cube the whole fruit as you described it. This way, once you've gotten rid of the skin, the rest is a breeze and you end up with very little trash.

      Great idea for a hub and really good documentation with your pics!

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Very useful especially to me as the last time I bought a mango I really wasn't sure how to peel it. I love mangoes and will use your method. My first attempt at peeling was terrible as the Mango was not quite ripe when I cut into it.

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      Rebecca Mealey 6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Good advice and was fun to read. I like your style.

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      Elaina Grinias 6 years ago

      Great job explaining what to do and great pictures. I love mangos, but I usually make a mess cutting them. The juice gets everywhere! I will definitely be using this method next time. Thanks!

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      Senoritaa 6 years ago

      Love mangoes! Nice hub, and great illustrations.

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      Russell Mae 6 years ago from Philippines

      Mangoes! I adore them and since we have them plenty here, I also like to experiment on them! Love the photos and you're way is totally cool. What I usually do is slice them in the middle and cube the cheeks! I'll definitely it.

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      ajayshah2005 6 years ago from Mid Asia

      Really great! Your style of carving the mango is brilliant! I am gonna learn that! Thanks!

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      c1234rystal 6 years ago

      Very good information. I've bought my share of mangoes, but most of them ended up in smoothies. So, it didn't matter if they were mashed or not. But, now I'll know how to effectively slice one.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 6 years ago from Fontana, WI

      Oh, I love mango and knew peeling it would be difficult. Thank you! Great photos. I adore protein shakes with mango. I had lemonade with mango the other day, a little too sweet for this ole gal. The peeling looks to be the hard part.

      Do mangos sweeten as they go soft or age?

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      yols-a 6 years ago from Trinidad and Tobago

      I think it's wonderful for us in the Caribbean it's fruit we enjoy

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      Dr.S.P.PADMA PRASAD 6 years ago from Tumkur

      So funny but so useful!I can try it in the next mango season.

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      Tom Rubenoff 6 years ago from United States

      I always wanted some guidance for mango carving. Thank you!

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      Grace Marguerite Williams 6 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      Loved this hub! I, however, do not cut my mango. I just dive right in to savor its delicate juiciness! Great hub and I loved your demonstrations! Delicious piece!

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      Tammy Frost 6 years ago from Oregon

      Great Hub on Mangoes. I like mangoes I usually get the really ripe ones and cut them just like you said but then peel them like an Orange and the peeling usually comes right off.

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      Traqqer 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Nice, very methodical, and great pictures.

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      Peter Allison 6 years ago from Alameda, CA

      Thanks Kimberly - and better yet thanks for sharing your mango peeling style. I'd like to give it a try!

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      KimberlyMartin 6 years ago

      Thank you for this, especially the photos!

      There is another method that involves slicing around the seed and opening the fruit like you would an avocado. Make Lengthwise and crosswise incisions through to the skin, then turn it inside out and slice the resulting cubes into a bowl.

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      Peter Allison 7 years ago

      Yes they are easy to manage and very tasty! They're cheap and plentiful now so give it a go! Happy holidays Simone

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      Simone Haruko Smith 7 years ago from San Francisco

      Very cool! The photos are great - To be honest, I've always been too intimidated by mangos (yeah. Intimidated by a fruit. The shame) to buy them, but I think I'll give them a go now! You've made them seem quite reasonable.